76-year-old Ellen Gilland was charged earlier this year for allegedly killing her terminally ill husband while he lay in his hospital bed.
Authorities say that Ellen shot her 77-year-old husband, Jerry Gilland, as part of a murder-suicide pact.
The couple made the pact because Jerry was terminally ill. The plan was hatched three weeks ago for Jerry to shoot himself if his health deteriorated and then for Ellen to kill herself. This pact didn't go as planned because Jerry was too weak to shoot himself and Ellen shot him while he was still in the hospital!
He was the only patient in the room, according to police.
"Upon arrival, our officers were directed to the 11th floor, where they encountered an elderly female who had apparently shot her terminally ill husband," Daytona Beach police Chief Jakari Young said at a news conference.
Officers say staff and patients near the room were evacuated.
"She never put the gun down, so she never specifically made a threat that she was going to shoot any of us, but she never put the gun down," Young said. "So we would have to assume that, you know, if we were to rush in there, we didn't effectively communicate that it could have turned into a shootout situation."
Ellen was originally charged with first-degree murder for shooting her husband but, this week, she was indicted on lesser charges of assisting self-murder/manslaughter and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.
Gilland was released on $150,000 bond Friday night.